What Is The Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc.?

The Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) celebrated its 57th year in 2017. The Institute was formed in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) in 1953 and become an incorporated entity in 1960.

Since its inception AIH has become the pre-eminent national body that represents the interests of and professional development of horticulturists in Australia. AIH represents members throughout Australia and overseas.

The AIH is managed nationally by an elected National Executive that consists of a President/Chair, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and National Councillors who bring their expertise to assist with the management of the Institute.

The AIH Council is responsible for the overall national management of the Institute that includes policy, membership, finances, national and international representation and strategic development.

Regional Groups may have an elected Regional Convenor supported by a group of supporters and is responsible for the local development of programs to support AIH members.

Our Motto: AIH – Promoting Horticulture - the Career of the 21st Century

Membership is open to horticulture practitioners who have achieved acknowledged tertiary qualifications in horticulture OR Associate membership for equivalent years of industry experience. Other types of membership include Retired Members, Student Members and Corporate Members each having varying benefits through membership.

AIH member practitioners represent the widest possible range of horticulture interests across every industry group. These include production, environmental, recreational, ornamental, urban, lifestyle and design, training and higher education horticulture pursuits and professions.

AIH members can be seen on all lifestyle television shows, heard on most radio gardening programs nationally and write most of the respected gardening columns, books and guides.

Other AIH Member practitioners specialise in tertiary training design and development for Australian industry groups and are responsible for many overseas national landscape and horticulture industry workplace skills and qualification programs.  Others deliver senior professional development programs internationally and are acknowledged as world leaders in horticultural training.

AIH implemented the Registered Horticulturist program in 2011 as an accrediting scheme and represent peer assessed leaders in horticulture in Australia and other countries where membership representation exists.

AIH is committed to and promotes the development of young horticulturists through the national network of TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and RTO (Registered Training organisations) horticulture training and education courses. AIH nurtures TAFE and RTO horticulture teachers and lecturers.

AIH actively seeks to collaborate with other like minded organisations to bring and offer a holistic approach to the horticulture profession.

AIH established the first international co-operation arrangement with the National Parks Board of Singapore and the Centre for Urban Greenery (CUGE) Singapore in 2007. AIH provides a rigorous process of accreditation of the CUGE Certified Program and CPH Singapore graduates participate in AIH as its first members in Asia. Other partnerships both in Australia and overseas broadens our network and provides added benefits to membership.

Aims Of The Institute

  • To improve our physical environment through the appropriate use of plants
  • To maintain a Code of Ethics for professional horticulturists
  • To uphold and promote the quality of horticultural services provided by members
  • To promote and represent qualified horticulturists to government, industry and the community.
  • To assist the development of standards and established benchmarks for horticultural practices
  • To advance horticultural research and development
  • To assist and promote horticultural education and training.
  • To conserve Australian flora and habitats to enhance bio-diversity
  • To improves the quality, selection and application of plants used in Australia
  • To promote strategic alliances and professional networks.
  • To nurture the development of AIH in Australia and internationally.

AIH Mission Statement

The Australian Institute of Horticulture will lead the profession of horticulture nationally in promoting excellence and environmental responsibility in horticulture practice through quality professional development, service and advocacy.

AIH Code Of Ethics

All members as horticulturists and members of AIH are bound by an established Code of Ethics that must be applied in their operation and professional practice. Disciplinary action may be taken where disregard of the Codes proven.

They must:

  • Uphold the aims of the Institute and maintain the standards of their profession.
  • Conduct themselves professionally, respecting the rights of clients, their representatives and others associated with a project.
  • Respect any confidence gained in the conduct of the profession.
  • Not to publicly condemn, criticise or devalue another member’s work or reputation.
  • Ensure their clients are notified and agree to fees to be charged for work to be carried out (and mutual agreement on subsequent changes to charges)
  • Ensure that work and fees for other than inspection and consultation is defined and formally agreed.
  • Ensure that the Recommended Scale of Fees and Charges published at times by the Institute is applied as a guide and not as a minimum fee.
  • Recognise the responsibility to all fellow workers in terms of professional guidance and dissemination of information.
  • Maintain professional competence by undertaking regular appropriate professional development.
  • Recognise the responsibility to the community and environment in applying sound practices to their work to reduce or remove actual or potential hazards
  • Ensure that the qualification, Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, its grades and abbreviations are used only in conjunction with a  name and not a business enterprise.
  • Ensure that the Institute emblem or logo are displayed in accordance with Regional and National Council permissions.
  • Not to bring the profession of horticulture and the Australian Institute of Horticulture into disrepute by negligent behaviour or practice

Categories Of AIH Membership

All members except Students are entitled to use the Institute logo in their correspondence and letterheads subject to the conditions of use. Fellow:

An AIH Fellowship is the highest level a member can achieve in the Institute. Fellowships are bestowed on nominee members who have given outstanding dedicated service and achievements to the Institute and the horticultural industry.

Fellows are entitled to use FAIH following their name.

Members are entitled to use the logo upon their marketing material upon notification and approval of the National Executive.

Registered Horticulturist

Peer Assessed accreditation of practising horticulturists, with biennial CPD requirements to maintain accreditation.

Registered Horticulturist are entitled to use the post nominal of RH and their registration number after their name such as RH0001.

Members are entitled to use the logo upon their marketing material upon notification and approval of the National Executive.

General Member:

This is the general category of membership and horticulturists are entered to the membership of the Institute having met the conditions of qualifications and appropriate competence.

Members are entitled to use the post nominal of MAIH.

Members are entitled to use the logo upon their marketing material upon notification and approval of the National Executive.

Associate Members:

This category is for those who wish to be affiliated as a member of the Institute but have not yet completed an approved course and subsequent horticultural qualifications. This category also recognises their knowledge, skills and experience over time as equivalent to that obtained through formal qualifications. After approved length of membership and expertise full membership may be awarded by the AIH National Council.

Members are to use the post nominal of AAIH.

Members are entitled to use the logo upon their marketing material upon notification and approval of the National Executive.

Retired Members:

Members who have retired and have been a member of AIH for 10 or more years may apply to the National Council for acceptance into this category that also attracts concession rates. Member must provide proof of retirement from full time work.

Retired Members are entitled to continue their relevant post-nominal upon retirement. RH must be valid to use the post nominal.

Corporate Members

Corporations practising in horticulture can apply for the category of Corporate member. The corporate entity must have one practising horticulturist that meets the AIH membership requirements. Corporate membership provides many mutual advantages for business and AIH members. There are many additional benefits, one of which provides individual membership for 2 staff members and one Registered Horticulturist accreditation.

The relevant post-nominals may be used by the employees whilst they continue to be employed by the corporate member. Corporate members are entitled to use the logo upon their marketing material upon notification to the National Executive.


This category is open to students who are studying for their first approved field of qualification. Students must be undertaking studies with approved tertiary organisations to be considered for Student Membership.

AIH Constitution – under review for release

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